rescued circus lions from all over Bolivia were gathered this week, in preparation
for their trip to an animal rescue center in Colorado. Animal Defenders
International worked with Bolivian authorities enforcing the country’s
ban on the use of animals in circuses. The lions will be transported to
The Wild Animal Sanctuary near Denver, CO, where they will have about 80
acres of open land to move around in. Preparations are being made to move
the lions now.
lions have endured incredible pain and hardship, but their new home will
be a natural oasis where they can live freely in family prides the way nature
intended,” said Executive Director Pat Craig of the Wild Animal Sanctuary.
Lions in Circus Cages Before Being Rescued
want to donate to help the lion rescue operation, you can visit the website
set up just for the venture. This particular website features profiles of
the rescued lions. For example, one lion is described as “Lonely Kiara
(4) has lived a tragic and solitary life in a tiny beastwagon, completely
enclosed in solid metal on three sides. She had no views, and nothing to
look at, nothing to do. She was the most visibly distressed lioness; pacing
back and forth in the classic abnormal, stereotypic behaviour of an animal
going out of her mind. When asked why he had her in such an inappropriate
metal box, the owner said that he bought her as a cub and did not realize
she would grow so big, so he just left her in it.” (Source: Savethelionsappeal.com)
lions’ new home in Colorado is already populated with 200 lions, tigers,
bears, leopards, mountain lions, wolves and other large carnivores. The
entire grounds is about 320 acres of undeveloped land.
International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the African lion as
a vulnerable species. Lions in Africa are in decline to the point some say
there might not be any wild ones left in Kenya in twenty years.
Defenders International has rescued and relocated many animals from circuses.
They have also used undercover field workers to document animal abuses in
over 20 circuses worldwide.